The treasurer of a political committee registered with the Federal Election Commission is legally responsible for that committee's compliance with the federal campaign finance laws. The Commission has developed this page to help treasurers fulfill that responsibility.
As you'll see, this page not only provides links to an array of helpful publications, online presentations and other pages, it also offers timely tips and reminders to help treasurers meet their obligations under the law. As an added feature, you can subscribe to receive automatic notification of updates to this page via RSS. We also invite you to ask questions, provide feedback and offer your own compliance tips by email to [email protected].
In addition to these online resources, the FEC staffs a toll-free information hotline (800-424-9530), and offers periodic educational workshops for treasurers. Please visit our Outreach page for details, and sign up to receive program updates by email at [email protected].
This section offers helpful tips — both from the FEC and from your fellow treasurers — to help you meet your obligations under the federal campaign finance law. To suggest a tip, please email us at [email protected]. Click here to receive the tips as an RSS feed.
|May 16, 2017||May Reporting Reminder. Monthly filers are reminded they have a report covering the month of April due on Saturday, May 20. Please note that the FEC does not have authority to extend filing deadlines, even when they fall on weekends or holidays. Filers should plan accordingly. Quarterly filers do not have a regularly scheduled report due this month, but if they have made previously undisclosed contributions or expenditures in connection with upcoming special elections, they may have to file additional reports. Quarterly filers should refer to the FEC's compliance map to determine if an additional report is required. For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult this Record article and our Reporting FAQs page.|
|May 1, 2017||Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Political Party Committees on May 17. Registration is now open for the FEC's May 17 webinar on federal campaign finance law for political party committees. Topics to be discussed include fundraising for a party's federal account, candidate support activities, and proper payment and disclosure of party expenses. This will be the only online training opportunity offered by the FEC in 2017 to focus exclusively on political party activities. Register today!|
|April 24, 2017||2017 Print Edition of FEC Regulations Now Available. The 2017 edition of Title 11, Code of Federal Regulations is now available from the FEC's Information Division. To order a hard copy, call 1-800/424-9530 (press 6), or send an email to [email protected]. The regulations will also available online at http://www.fec.gov/law/cfr/cfr.shtml in PDF, text or XML formats.|
|April 18, 2017||April Filing Reminder for PACs and Party Committees. All PACs and party committees that file monthly have a report due Thursday, April 20, covering the month of March. (Note: PACs and party committees that filed quarterly in 2016 file on a semi-annual basis in 2017.) For additional reporting information for all types of filers, consult our Reporting FAQs page.|
|April 10, 2017||Register Now for the FECConnect Live Webinar for Trade Associations and their PACs on April 26. Registration is now open for the FEC’s April 26 webinar on federal campaign finance law for trade associations and their PACs. Topics to be discussed include PAC solicitation techniques, prior approval of corporate members, candidate support activities, and proper disclosure of receipts and disbursements. This will be the only online training opportunity offered by the FEC in 2017 to focus exclusively on trade association PAC activities. Register today!|
Timely Tips Archive:
This section provides links to publications designed specifically for committee treasurers. Additional publications are available in the FEC Library, through our Quick Answers pages and on our Publications page.
FEC Record News Page
Reading articles posted on the FEC Record news page is one of the best ways to stay current on the law and your obligations as a treasurer. At the beginning of each month, the Commission compiles the previous month's articles into a print-friendly document and e-mails treasurers to let them know it's available. Additionally, an archive of every monthly Record from 1977 - present is available online. Sign-up to receive email notification when a new article is posted.
Campaign Guides are compliance manuals for committees registered with the FEC. The guide supplements summarize relevant post-publication rules and opinions.
- Campaign Guide for Congressional Candidates and Committees (June 2014) [PDF]
- Campaign Guide for Corporations and Labor Organizations (January 2007) [PDF]
- Campaign Guide for Nonconnected Committees (May 2008) [PDF]
- Campaign Guide for Political Party Committees (August 2013) [PDF]
- Notice to All Campaign Guide Users (October 2011)
Technical Information: The PDF files may be viewed or printed using Adobe Acrobat Reader. The video presentations and interactive tutorials are available as either MPEG or SWF files. MPEG files may be viewed using a media player, such as Windows Media Player or Quicktime. SWF files may be viewed using Adobe Flash Player.
Brochure Title Links to Brochure Links to Presentation/Video Advisory Opinions - Best Practices for Committee Management Candidate Registration Committee Treasurers - Compliance with Laws Outside the FEC's Jurisdiction HTML - Contributions Contribuciones (en Español) FEC and the Federal Campaign Finance Law La CEF y la Ley para las Campañas de Elecciones Federales (en Español) - Federal and State Campaign Finance Laws - Filing a Complaint - Foreign Nationals - Independent and Coordinated Expenditures - Internet Communications and Activity - Joint Fundraising Local Party Activity Special Notices on Political Ads and Solicitations - Separate Segregated Funds and Nonconnected PACs - Testing the Waters Volunteer Activity Actividades Voluntarias (en Español) -
- 2017-2018 Contribution Limits [HTML] [PDF]
- 2017 Coordinated Party Expenditure Limits
- Compliance Map
Click on your state to access reporting dates and other applicable compliance information, including independent expenditure periods, coordination time frames, FEA and EC periods, as well as disclosure reports and ballot access information.
- Guideline for Presentation in Good Order (2008) (for Presidential campaigns seeking public funding) [PDF] [Word] [Appendices]
- Guidebook for Complainants and Respondents on the FEC Enforcement Process [PDF; 22 pages]
A summary of the FEC’s general enforcement policies and procedures that provides a step-by-step guide through the agency’s enforcement process.
- Enforcement Procedures - FEC Directive 68 [PDF; 4 pages]
This section supplements the reporting and filing information contained in the publications listed above with links to additional information. Treasurers may also seek reporting and filing assistance from the Campaign Finance Analyst who reviews the committee's reports. To reach the Reports Analysis Division, call 800-424-9530 (press 5).